London's Abbey Road Crossing

Follow in The Beatles' Footsteps

Abbey Road Crossing
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Recreate an iconic London moment by crossing Abbey Road using the zebra crossing made famous by The Beatles. It's now the most famous road crossing in the world. 

Abbey Road History

The Beatles album cover was shot in 1969 when the band was recording at the nearby Abbey Road Studios. 

There was a rumor that the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing, seen on the famous Beatles' Abbey Road album cover, was no longer in the same place and this rumor was perpetuated by a statement from Westminster Council saying the crossing had been moved several meters for a traffic management scheme about 30 years ago.

An employee at Abbey Road Studios who explained this story was put out by old-time residents to stop so many people going to take photographs. Well, it didn't work and it isn't true, although Westminster Council hasn't retracted the statement.

The crossing is now Grade 2 listed, which means it's protected by English Heritage. The wall on the nearby Abbey Road Studios has to be repainted every two months because of all the graffiti.

Getting to Abbey Road 

Nearest Tube Station: St John's Wood.

Visit Abbey Road Online

While you can't tour Abbey Road Studios you can get an idea of what goes on inside by checking out the virtual interactive tour through Inside Abbey Road provided by Google. 

There is also permanent London webcam that broadcasts footage from the crossing.